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Job Opportunities at AVAC

AVAC seeks talented individuals to join our team of passionate advocates who aim to accelerate ethical research and global delivery of new HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic.

AVAC is committed to fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment. Applicants representing communities most impacted by HIV are encouraged to apply, including transgender individuals, people living with HIV and those from HIV-endemic countries.

AVAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with US state and federal laws.

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Senior Program Manager, Research Engagement


About AVAC

Founded in 1995, AVAC uses communication, education, policy analysis, advocacy and a network of global collaborations to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive and integrated response to the epidemic. AVAC works across the “research-to-rollout” continuum in solidarity with individuals and groups most impacted by HIV.

AVAC advocates for HIV prevention to end AIDS. With partners worldwide, AVAC pushes for the funding, focus, implementation and research that’s needed to make it happen. We:

  • Accelerate product innovation and availability: AVAC collaborates with partners who work across the HIV prevention spectrum, from research to rollout, to expand the portfolio of prevention options and ensure products are available, accessible and used by those who need them most.
  • Advocate for access to high-impact prevention: AVAC is part of a robust civil society movement helping to shape a new era of global health spending and planning related to HIV prevention.
  • Improve research conduct: AVAC advocates for research that is grounded in well-informed, community-centered perspectives. AVAC promotes the adoption of Good Participatory Practice (GPP) in research, convenes consultations and workshops, and produces publications, podcasts, webinars, and other research literacy materials. The involvement of key stakeholders throughout the research process is central to all this work.
  • Promote effective HIV prevention policy: Ending the HIV epidemic depends on political will, committed resources and supportive policies at global and national levels. AVAC’s policy work, in partnership with a global network of civil society partners, focuses on the importance of funding and strategic planning for HIV prevention research and the imperative to bring long-term solutions to the people who need them.
  • Track and translate the field: Our communications and publications translate complex science into accessible resources. This work is at the core of our mission to advance prevention and end the epidemic. We focus on ensuring people with different kinds of expertise can better understand context, community perspectives, science and policy.
  • Strengthen global advocacy networks: AVAC supports the development and sustainability of advocacy networks focused on accelerating HIV prevention from research to rollout. These networks, mostly centered in Africa, bring vigorous attention to science, policy, funding, community, communications, health services and the regulatory process, charting a path to end the HIV epidemic.

AVAC employs these values across all of the work that we do, as described in the following:

  • We promote equity, solidarity, and inclusion by working directly with affected communities and breaking down complex concepts and barriers to information and services.
  • We put people and communities at the center of the work we do, integrating sexual and reproductive health and rights, harm reduction, and HIV prevention.
  • We ensure that products and programs are ethically designed and delivered to advance rights-based and equitable access to comprehensive, user-centered quality care.
  • We cultivate balanced partnerships grounded in respect and transparency through bi-directional learning, capacity-building, and priority setting.
  • We are accountable to the individuals and organizations influencing how research and roll-out are conducted and to the communities that most need access to products, services and programs.

Role Summary

The Senior Program Manager works alongside and provides critical expertise to a skilled team of advocates working domestically and internationally around AVAC’s body of work focused on the research pipeline. The person in this position is responsible for leading key programs and initiatives for the Research Engagement team, with focus on stakeholder engagement mechanisms for the HIV prevention pipeline. They will also serve as a thought leader for the Research Engagement team and AVAC.

Essential Job Functions

Programmatic

  • Conceptualize, develop, and implement strategic programs to increase regional and global stakeholder engagement in and influence on the prevention research pipeline.
  • Serve as strategic lead and internal champion for stakeholder engagement in HIV prevention and cure R&D globally and across AVAC, with the end result of coordinated, strategic impact on the research pipeline.
  • Establish and contribute subject matter expertise to the Research Engagement team, AVAC partners, and AVAC staff in the areas that serve as key enablers to stakeholder engagement in the prevention research pipeline, including clinical trial design, research ethics, research literacy, Good Participatory Practice guidelines, coalition building, etc.
  • Plan and execute virtual, in-person, and hybrid meetings, events, campaigns, and other engagement and training opportunities to support and strengthen stakeholder engagement in priority prevention research.
  • Serve as internal resource on stakeholder engagement in research for colleagues across AVAC; actively contribute to content generation, staff development, internal and external presentations, and contribute to organizational strategy development.

Operational

  • Work with Research Engagement director and colleague SPMs to drive operations of the Research Engagement Team, including the development of annual AVAC work plans; meeting planning, conduct and follow-through; donor and workplan communications, strategies, and reports and other similar responsibilities.
  • Manage partner relationships, including oversight of partner workplans and budgets, deliverables, and sub-granting processes.
  • Contribute to team and AVAC-wide knowledge management by providing project updates across AVAC and team platforms.
  • Partner with AVAC’s monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) team to ensure complete and on-time MEL reporting for AVAC/Research Engagement programs and for donor-funded projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications

While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Commitment to AVAC's mission and values, including our commitment to fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment.
  • At least 10 years of experience in global health, public health policy and advocacy, and/or other relevant field; could include relevant time spent in academic programs, e.g., thesis completion.
  • Experience with HIV prevention and/or research, research and development processes, clinical trials, product development, and/or community/stakeholder engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive and effectively manage critical, strategic programs or activities, preferably within the non-profit, publicly funded, and/or global health sectors.
  • Ability to manage donor-funded programs, projects, or activities.
  • Based in or from a country with relevance to the HIV prevention research landscape, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa; alternatively, long-term or otherwise significant work experience in this setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Experience communicating or translating complex ideas, including demonstrated ability of effective public presentation.
  • Knowledge of HIV research (prevention and cure) is beneficial.

Salary

Expected salary range for this position is $100,000–115,000, dependent on experience, and will be compensated in the local currency of the selected candidate.

How To Apply

AVAC champions the importance and value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment. Applicants representing communities most impacted by HIV are encouraged to apply, including transgender individuals, people living with HIV, and those from HIV-endemic countries.

AVAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with US state and federal laws.

Please forward your resume and any supporting materials that tell us more about your professional and personal experience to careers@avac.org.


Program Assistant, Research Engagement


About AVAC

Founded in 1995, AVAC uses communication, education, policy analysis, advocacy and a network of global collaborations to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive and integrated response to the epidemic. AVAC works across the “research-to-rollout” continuum in solidarity with individuals and groups most impacted by HIV.

AVAC advocates for HIV prevention to end AIDS. With partners worldwide, AVAC pushes for the funding, focus, implementation and research that’s needed to make it happen. We:

  • Accelerate product innovation and availability: AVAC collaborates with partners who work across the HIV prevention spectrum, from research to rollout, to expand the portfolio of prevention options and ensure products are available, accessible and used by those who need them most.
  • Advocate for access to high-impact prevention: AVAC is part of a robust civil society movement helping to shape a new era of global health spending and planning related to HIV prevention.
  • Improve research conduct: AVAC advocates for research that is grounded in well-informed, community-centered perspectives. AVAC promotes the adoption of Good Participatory Practice (GPP) in research, convenes consultations and workshops, and produces publications, podcasts, webinars, and other research literacy materials. The involvement of key stakeholders throughout the research process is central to all this work.
  • Promote effective HIV prevention policy: Ending the HIV epidemic depends on political will, committed resources and supportive policies at global and national levels. AVAC’s policy work, in partnership with a global network of civil society partners, focuses on the importance of funding and strategic planning for HIV prevention research and the imperative to bring long-term solutions to the people who need them.
  • Track and translate the field: Our communications and publications translate complex science into accessible resources. This work is at the core of our mission to advance prevention and end the epidemic. We focus on ensuring people with different kinds of expertise can better understand context, community perspectives, science and policy.
  • Strengthen global advocacy networks: AVAC supports the development and sustainability of advocacy networks focused on accelerating HIV prevention from research to rollout. These networks, mostly centered in Africa, bring vigorous attention to science, policy, funding, community, communications, health services and the regulatory process, charting a path to end the HIV epidemic.

AVAC employs these values across all of the work that we do, as described in the following:

  • We promote equity, solidarity, and inclusion by working directly with affected communities and breaking down complex concepts and barriers to information and services.
  • We put people and communities at the center of the work we do, integrating sexual and reproductive health and rights, harm reduction, and HIV prevention.
  • We ensure that products and programs are ethically designed and delivered to advance rights-based and equitable access to comprehensive, user-centered quality care.
  • We cultivate balanced partnerships grounded in respect and transparency through bi-directional learning, capacity-building, and priority setting.
  • We are accountable to the individuals and organizations influencing how research and roll-out are conducted and to the communities that most need access to products, services and programs.

Role Summary

The Program Assistant works alongside a skilled team of advocates working domestically and internationally to provide content-focused and operational support to AVAC’s body of work focused on the research pipeline.

This position is responsible for providing overall programmatic and operational support to the Research Engagement team, and its corresponding CASPR Project. These duties are broad in scope and include meeting coordination, maintaining systems for project tracking, contributing to research engagement trainings, developing and editing materials (including for the Engage platform), and supporting work of project partners.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide administrative support to the Research Engagement team including drafting and distributing meeting summaries, organizing internal and external calls and maintaining and implementing current project management tools, templates, systems and processes.
  • Provide operational and programmatic support to the CASPR Project including coordinating systems for quarterly financial and narrative reporting and supporting notes and planning for partner calls.
  • Provide administrative support to internal and external Research Engagement meetings, trainings and workshops by coordinating logistics, participant travel needs in coordination with travel agency, venues/locations, collating pre-reads and materials, collecting appropriate supplies and troubleshooting scheduling.
  • Support the coordination and facilitation of the GPP Online Training Course including coordinating external presenters and providing feedback on assignments with the support of the Senior Program Manager and course consultant.
  • Support the coordination of the cureROAR program including developing meeting agendas with supervision from Senior Program Manager, coordinating funding proposals, serving as a point of contact for cureROAR members.
  • With supervision from Senior Program Manager, work closely across teams and partners to amplify and coordinate content on Engage aligned with the broader goals of AVAC.
  • Supports monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities with supervision from manager. Responds to MEL requests in a timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications

While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Commitment to AVAC's mission and values, including our commitment to fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment.
  • One to two years of demonstrated experience supporting individuals and/or teams on multiple project deliverables in a timely manner.
  • Experience coordinating meeting logistics.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Experience utilizing design software (Canva, Prezi, etc.).
  • Experience communicating or translating complex ideas with ability and interest in building these skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of HIV research (prevention and cure) is beneficial.
  • Awareness of the power dynamics in global health is beneficial.

Salary

Expected salary range for this position is $43,000 – 47,000 and will be dependent on experience. AVAC offers a substantial benefits package that includes employer-paid health insurance, including an employer-sponsored HRA, matching contributions to a retirement savings plan and paid new parent leave.

How To Apply

AVAC champions the importance and value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment. Applicants representing communities most impacted by HIV are encouraged to apply, including transgender individuals, people living with HIV, and those from HIV-endemic countries.

AVAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with US state and federal laws.

Please forward your resume and any supporting materials that tell us more about your professional and personal experience to careers@avac.org.